"More than 600 of the world’s top water ski athletes are expected to compete in the GOODE Water Ski National Championships in a city you might not associate with water sports: Wichita, Kansas.

The Nationals, held Aug. 7-11, is the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament with competitions in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, in respective age divisions.

Why water sports in a landlocked state like Kansas, you ask? Perhaps you think a coastal city is a better fit. The staff at Visit Wichita say otherwise, proclaiming the destination “is a must-visit Midwest destination complete with facilities for sports of all kinds, from basketball and softball to ice sports and BMX.”

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